Towards Healing contains the principles and procedures in responding to complaints of abuse against personnel of the Catholic Church in Australia. Dialogue or comments about the principles and procedures in Towards Healing are invited and should be addressed to:
Executive Officer: Fr Tim Brennan msc and Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc
Protection and Prevention Officer: Mrs Narelle McMahon
National Committee for Professional Standards
PO Box 7132
South Sydney Business Hub
Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone: (02) 9669 6218 Fax: (02) 9669 6216
The National Committee for Professional Standards is a joint committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia. The committee was established to oversee the development of policies, principles and procedures in responding to Church-related abuse complaints. The committee’s purpose is to ensure pastoral care for victims of sexual and physical abuse by church personnel.
The committee is responsible for developing professional standards among clergy and Religious. It regularly sponsors talks and courses and runs training and in-service initiatives.
In recent years the committee has called on outside experts to revise two key documents – Towards Healing and Integrity in Ministry.
Towards Healing sets out the principles that must form the basis of the Church’s response to complaints of abuse and the procedures to be followed in responding to individual complaints.
Integrity in Ministry is a resource for those preparing for ministry in the Catholic Church and as a code of conduct and guide for reflection for those already in ministry.
Integrity in the Service of the Church is a resource document of principles and standards for lay workers and volunteers in the Catholic Church of Australia. The document is not a code of behaviour but aims to provide resources which groups of Church Workers might use in developing their own specific guidelines, documents and processes.
In addition to this committee there are state directors of professional standards, and resource groups to advise and assist in matters concerning Church-related abuse.
The phone numbers for the State Professional Standards offices are:
New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory
Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT
1300 369 977 (Contact/Complaints Line)
02 9287 1542
0418 736 890
1800 337 928
(07) 3336 9474
1800 139 020
1800 356 613
1800 816 030
1800 072 390